Wednesday, November 28, 2007

In anticipation of fame

Playbill.com asks all of the big Broadway starts to fill out a survey they call the Cue and A.“ In anticipation for fame and glory, I thought I had better fill mine out in advance...


Full given name:
Erin Quinn Cronican. Try telling people your middle initial is Q. No one believes you (darn that John Q Public for ruining it!)

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Zodiac sign:
Scorpio. Wait, why are you backing away slowing?

Audition song:
Will He Like Me? (age old question)

First Broadway show ever saw:
Noises Off.

If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?
Angels in America

Current show you have been recommending to friends:
Pygmailion.

Favorite show tune:
Oh gosh, there are so many. Mostly I like the opening a closing songs to Act I of any large ensemble musical. They are so dramatic!

MAC or PC?
Mac. For years and years.

Most played song on your iPod:
Morning Song by Jewel.

Last book you read:
The Complete History of Nearly Everything. It’s an incredible science book.

Must-see TV show:
Pushing Daisies

Last good movie you saw:
The Hoax. I didn’t expect it to be good, but it was.

Favorite card game:
Go Fish.

Performer you would drop everything to go see:
Toad the Wet Sprocket, in particular because they have broken up and rarely tour.

Pop culture guilty pleasure:
America’s Next Top Model. How can you be an actor and NOT watch this? As my main job is marketing myself to audiences as a certain character, I find immense value in watching models struggle with marketing themselves as a product.

First stage kiss:
Senior year “South Pacific.” My Emile was very tall.

How you got your Equity card:
An original production of a play called Oxygen, co-written by a Nobel Prize winner for chemistry and the father of the birth control pill (pun intended)

Worst onstage mishap:
I was touring with a musical that had canned music. At the end of Act I, the last track is many minutes long and includes a song, a musical interlude and then the final song. The technician heard the 1st song end and then, expecting that the musical interlude was on the next track, hit “forward” on the CD player. Since the CD was, in fact, at the end hitting “forward” started the CD over again. The technician realized what happened, muted the music, and cued up the CD again to the last track. Problem was, remember, that the last track includes a song, and interlude, and the final song. So when I paused on stage for the music to being for the final song, instead I got the beginning of the track with a song we had already sung 5 minutes prior. My fellow actors and I had to improv our way around this music for 5 minutes until we finally got to the music for the song I needed to sing. The time on stage was as long and grueling as it was to read this story.

Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition?
The regular. Technically it was photo work, but I played one of many women who was murdered by the guest star. You saw my photo in an album the killer kept as a memento. I have also done background work on CI.

Worst costume ever:
For Oxygen, I had a corset underneath a very heavy 18th century ball gown, topped off with an even heavier, floor length velvet cape. In the scene I was supposed to go up and down a staircase and I could barely move.

Cats or dogs?
I’ve had both, but right now it is my dog, Denver, who I have had for 12 years.

Favorite cereal:
Frosted Mini Wheats

Who would play you in the movie?
These days it would be Naomi Watts or Marley Shelton.

Worst job you ever had:
Being a personal assistant for a manic-depressive millionaire.

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